Parents Sue School Over Teen’s Suicide
About the Lawsuit
The parents of Bartlomiej (Bart) Palosz are suing their Connecticut school district and town for failing to enforce anti-bullying policies, thereby contributing to his death by his own hand on the first day of school of 2013, says Reuters. The 15-year-old shot himself after the first day of his sophomore year of high school.
The lawsuit was filed in Stamford, Connecticut’s Superior Court and claims that the school system was aware of the abuse and had “clear knowledge of the bullying Bart was facing.” Despite the staff’s previous knowledge, “school personnel at both Western Middle School and Greenwich High School did not comply with the mandatory policies adopted by the Board of Education to protect students from ongoing bullying,” claims the lawsuit. The lawsuit lists bullying as a major contributing factor to Palosz’s death.
Anna Izabela Palosz and Franciszek Palosz, Bart’s parents, “feel this lawsuit is important so that other students in Greenwich don’t suffer the same kind of treatment that Bart did.” They hope that the school system will change its policies on bullying.
Youth Suicide Statistics
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports suicide as the third leading cause of death among individuals age 10 to 24.
- 45% of young people who die by suicide use a firearm.
- 81% of reported suicides age 10 to 24 were males.